El Five

4.7
1254 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Nestled high above LoHi on the fifth floor of 2930 Umatilla, El Five boasts spectacular unobstructed city views of the downtown Denver skyline. The large open-air patio sits adjacent to its popular big sister Linger; a sought-after seat come warmer nights. With its beautiful vistas, El Five will offer a relatively underrepresented cuisine here in Denver—a menu focused on traditional Spanish and Mediterranean tapas with influences from North Africa and the Middle East. El Five—the sensual, understated addition to Edible Beats.
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Denver
10 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vegan options were incredible!

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OT
1 review
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was extremely knowledgeable and friendly! Great atmosphere, food and drinks!

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Denver
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was so great and read my reservation request for a table worthy or a 40th birthday celebration. We had the best table in the house! Thank you!

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BN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and views. Very cool vibe. I'll be back!

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DD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love at first sight and bite! El Five is
Delicious! I will be back for sure!

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Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Server was friendly and service was good. Food and beverage are over priced.

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KL
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Everything was pretty good except the restaurant was freezing and we were sitting under a vent. The manager tried to change the settings on the AC, which worked for about five minutes, but when the AC kicked in again, it was putting out colder air than before.

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New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The paella was delightful!

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MO
Denver
72 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a fave. great food. great service. great cocktails. great views. sad to hear the baba ghanouj will soon be off the menu...it's the best there is :/

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T
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The hype didn’t justify the experience. The lobster paella was fair at best. Way overpriced

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GW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

favorite spot in Denver! Killer views, amazing service and food!

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s
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food served in a unique venue with very attentive service.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great date...hey that rhymes.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came here with family who was visiting Denver and the experience was fantastic! I had been trying to get a reservation at El Five for months, but never booked far enough in advance so I was excited to finally get a chance to try it. Great food and incredibly fast service. Also, the views were unreal. Definitely worth the advance reservations!

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CA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Atmosphere, and enjoyed the food offerings. It did take a very long time between tapas. I had A 12 year old with us and he was starving.(moms birthday) he timed it with his phone and unfortunately after our first little bites it took 40 minutes to get our next plate. Then finally our main dish. We did get two virgin sangrias comped for it. But two hours for dinner is rough. Plan on hanging out and watching a sun fade into the night if you show up for dinner.

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PL
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to El Five but will not be my last. It had a cool vibe and the food was delicious.

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HT
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So hard to find anything wrong with El Five. Maybe its a bit loud but candidly even that is a stretch. The food is great, the service equally solid, the drinks are terrific, the view is spectacular. Yeah, it's a great place!

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C
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Most likely the best views of downtown. The food was tasty. Keep in mind these are Tapas so they are on the smaller side but meant for sharing. The ambiance was great, very hip, but not in an uninviting or un welcoming way. I will definately be back.

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OS
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Price was a little high for tapas but the view and ambiance are really what you're paying for. We will definitely be back the next time we visit Denver.

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ST
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great drinks and atmosphere! Food overpriced and small in size.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Turn down the music volume a smidge, and this place is undeniably warranting of nothing but praise. Shakshuka and churros like woah.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Five lived up to it’s hype! Food was delicious and inventive. Brunch cocktails were creative and tasty too. The view is an amazing bonus, and the space itself is edgy and hip, but still had a welcoming vibe for our bunch of decidedly uncool middle aged parents. We will definitely be back for dinner.

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CC
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible views, service and food. Must try the apricot froze and sausage paella for brunch!

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AD
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, menu and food! We went for brunch and it was amazing! Nice kids menu as an added surprise. Already looking forward to making dinner plans to enjoy the city lights.

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SS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our food and service! Thank you for an excellent birthday dinner.

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TM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very creative, delicious food. We liked everything we tried from cocktails to dessert. The view of the city is beautiful and we enjoyed the sunset and city lights coming on. The noise level was higher than we would have liked but we could still converse. A great evening.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great experience. We will definitely be back.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

The paella was great and so was the crab and avocado dish. Everything else we ate wasn’t very good - just didn’t have much taste to it. Unfortunately this was carried through to the drinks as well. For that price(12+) the drinks were definitely not worth it. One person in our group had the peach froze and you couldn’t even taste the peach. The “femme fatale” was tried as well and it tasted like vanilla extract. It overwhelmed the palate and ruined the drink. Furthermore they must have know this because they attached some obnoxiously large orchid to it....

Anyways I wouldn’t go back to spend that much money for food/drinks. The view is cool and the service was great even though we dined late but that didn’t make up for the tasteless food and drinks.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner to celebrate my girfriend’s birthday. The vibe and ambiance is so cool and the view of downtown Denver is spectacular. The wonderful setting was then outdone by the tapas. Each one was unique and utterly delicious. Our favorite was the Hangar Steak... we had to order a 2nd portion. El Five definitely lived up to and surpassed the hype!!

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RN
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun venue, great view of sunset, good food. We enjoyed ourselves.

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M
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very beautiful view. Seafood paella was fantastic! The old Turk was also fabulous!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Overpriced, low quality food.

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S
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food review and service

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent quality, scenery, & layout.

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RO
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was really great, a little noisy, but beautiful views and excellent service! Delicious food and cocktails! Can’t wait to go back!

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JA
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top-notch dining! Excellent location, views and service coupled with delicious food.

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DC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view is terrific but El Five isn't just about that. The food was equally as impressive. We had the Moroccan pancakes and dungeness crab. Both rich and decadent. The drinks showed imagination as well. Very pleased overall. Would definitely return.

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BR
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing and perfect for sharing. The drinks are also just to die for. Seriously had the best martini of my life. Service was friendly, patient and efficient! The view of the city is also beautiful!!

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GW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best spot in Denver

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C
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - very tasty and unique - great cocktails and views too. Service was friendly and prompt.

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